Tuesday, January 29, 2008

South Korea To Partner With NASA?

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Often ignored by its larger "Asian brothers," South Korea has been taking small, yet steady strides towards the stars.

After cooperating with Russia and constructing its own space base, South Korea is broadening its horizons by signing a promising deal with NASA.

(SpaceRef) NASA's Ames Research Center and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, (KAIST) South Korea's premier research and education institution, signed a memorandum for the record on Jan. 26, 2008, an important milestone in a new relationship under development. [...]

"We are exploring a new partnership with South Korea in future satellite research and development," said Worden. "We are looking forward to working with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology to advance future space exploration," Worden added.

"I am delighted with this outcome. This potential collaboration is a historic event for KAIST as well as for NASA Ames," said Suh.

Even though the deal mostly involves satellite launches, it has the potential of opening the door for South Korea later on when NASA heads towards the Moon.

While the "tiger nation" lacks the size to compete against its Asian rivals, perhaps they can secure their slice of the final frontier--ensuring that their government can play a critical role in humanities quest for the stars.

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